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ConocoPhillips to split into two
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ConocoPhillips will split itself into two by spinning off its refining arm, the third-largest U.S. oil company said, sending its shares up more than seven percent. With the move, ConocoPhillips becomes the first of the so-called super majors to shift away from the strategy that led the industry to consolidate into a handful of players with global reach in the oil and gas production and oil products businesses. More


Dynamic mechanical analysis of natural
rubber crosslinking reaction kinetics

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Natural rubber exhibits unique properties, such as hyperelasticity, that have led to its widespread commercial use for many decades. Recent studies have focused on improving these properties for more demanding applications by studying the chemical reaction kinetics of NR and other polymers during crosslinking, functionalization or other reactions. More

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Mixed monolayers of biodegradable
polymers and an organo-modified clay

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Clay minerals (layered silicates) play important roles in modern technology. They receive considerable attention due to their potential use in numerous applications, ranging from nanocomposite materials to biomedical and personal care products. Such applications depend on a unique property of clays. Consisting of negatively-charged aluminosilicate layers held together with exchangeable interlayer cations, clays can undergo ion exchange. More

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Material price hikes stymie UK plastics recovery
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A full two third of the UK's plastics industry expects to see an increase in turnover but profits won't necessarily follow due to price hikes for raw materials, that's according to the latest BPF Business Conditions Survey. Materials availability is also an issue, says the federation. More

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Cheaper plastic resin, higher demand for plastic products
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Plastic product manufacturers expect resin prices to drop further this month and stabilize in the second half of this year, stimulating the demand for plastic packaging materials and other products. Tek Seng Holdings Bhd and SLP Resources Bhd expect resin prices to decline further this month. More

Toyota adopts DuPont polymer for new hybrid Prius vehicle
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Toyota's new hybrid vehicle, "Prius α" (Prius alpha), features automotive interior parts made of DuPont Sorona EP polymer, a high-performance, renewably sourced thermoplastic resin, contributing to the advanced interior design while also reducing the environmental footprint. More

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Global demand for bioplastics expected to quadruple by 2013
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A new report — The Global Outlook for Biodegradable Packaging — says rising oil prices and fossil fuel depletion will increase interest in the use of plant-based polymers. These drivers are expected push global demand for biodegradable or plant-based plastic, causing it to quadruple by 2013. More

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Health care changes mean better devices needed for less money
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Cost reductions are coming to healthcare, as any casual observer of the changes in the U.S. and Europe can see. Aging populations, in many countries supported by fewer people in the workforce, are forcing governments to re-think how much they can afford to spend to keep their citizens healthy. More

Lufthansa lightens the load with plastics
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German airline Lufthansa is this year lightening its transport containers by 15 percent by using plastics instead of aluminium. The company says the new lightweight models will lower kerosene consumption by 2,180 tonnes per year, saving 6,867 tons of CO2. More

Malaysia's pioneer bioplastics pilot plant is operational
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Malaysia's pioneer Bioplastics Pilot Plant that enables the production of versatile biodegradable plastic materials from palm oil is now operational. The fully automated Polyhydroxylalkanoate Bioplastics plant was designed and built through the partnership between SIRIM Bhd, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. More

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Breaking the mold
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After more than nine years of extensive research, National Physical Laboratory has developed a world-leading pvT (pressure-volume-temperature) and thermal conductivity test kit that can be used to help improve the design and processing of plastics. More

Plastics score industry first in orthopedic surgery device
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Rather than use established materials foamed rubber and metal, medical devices and instrumentation manufacturer Tri-Medics LLC chose an autoclavable grade of polyphenylsulfone for its Bender adjustable positioning triangle for orthopedic trauma surgery. More

CMT Materials, Inc, the world’s leading manufacturer and supplier of syntactic foam plug assist materials, has developed a New Selector Guide filled with specifications, recommendations and tips to aid in the development of thermoforming plug assists. Visit for downloadable PDF formats or call 508-226-3901 for a print version. more

Polymer actuators with shape memory for cell biology and photovoltaics
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Molecular switches transform between one shape and another in response to a stimulus such as heat or electric current. Indicators of pH are some of the earliest molecular switches. Now the race is on to create new molecular switches for use in nanocomputers and other nano-scale applications. More


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